1. 1 Timothy 3:2

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,… Read More

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This is a very important passage from the point of view of Church government. It deals with the man whom the King James and Revised Standard Versions call the bishop, and whom we have translated overseer. … Read More

2. Titus 1:5-9

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it…. Read More

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We have already studied in detail the qualifications of the elder as set out by Paul in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 . It is therefore not necessary to examine them in detail again. … Read More

3. Titus 1:5

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you…. Read More

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We have already studied in detail the qualifications of the elder as set out by Paul in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 . It is therefore not necessary to examine them in detail again. … Read More

4. Titus 1:6

An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient…. Read More

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We have already studied in detail the qualifications of the elder as set out by Paul in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 . It is therefore not necessary to examine them in detail again. … Read More

5. Acts 20:28

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood…. Read More

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It is not possible to make a neat analysis of a farewell speech so charged with emotion as this. But certain notes sound out. … Read More

6. Titus 1:9

He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it…. Read More

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The previous passage set out the things which the elder of the Church must not be; this one sets out what he must be. These necessary qualities group themselves into three sections. … Read More

7. 1 Timothy 5:17

The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching…. Read More

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(i) Elders are to be properly honoured and properly paid. When threshing was done in the East, the sheaves of corn were laid on the threshing-floor; then oxen in pairs were driven repeatedly across them; or they were tethered to a post in the middle and made to march round and round on the grain; or a threshing sledge was harnessed to them and the sledge was drawn to and fro across the corn. In all cases the oxen were left unmuzzled and were free to eat as much of the grain as they wished, as a… Read More

8. Acts 20:17

From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church…. Read More

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It is not possible to make a neat analysis of a farewell speech so charged with emotion as this. But certain notes sound out. … Read More

9. Hebrews 13:17

Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you…. Read More

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The writer to the Hebrews lays down the duty of the congregation to its present leaders and its absent leader. … Read More

10. Titus 1:7

Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain…. Read More

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We have already studied in detail the qualifications of the elder as set out by Paul in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 . It is therefore not necessary to examine them in detail again. … Read More